N.B. First Nations could face litigation over casino
Last Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2007 | 10:37 AM AT
The Canadian Press
Ambitions among New Brunswick First Nations groups to build a casino independent of government will likely meet with litigation as the province defends its legal high ground on gaming issues, experts contend.
That is, if the province doesn’t wilfully ignore First Nations gambling pursuits to avoid a contentious political showdown.
Apparently last month’s attack by Trevor Gladue on Metis Nation of Alberta President Audrey Poitras was only the first salvo in a war of words. This week, the MNA vice president accused Poitras of financial mismanagement.
“Invoices and other documents have come to light showing that Audrey Poitras…authorized personal expenditures not allowed under the MNA bylaws,” Gladue said in a Nov. 5 news release.
If you have questions about your Common Experience Payment (CEP) Application, please contact Service Canada at 1-866-699-1742 or visit your local Service Canada office. A list of offices can be found on the Service Canada website at www.servicecanada.ca.
The Government of Canada is working hard to expedite the processing of your CEP application in a timely manner. Immediate steps include an increase in the number of processing staff and an increase in the number of agents available to answer your call when you contact the toll-free number listed above. The Government understands that applicants have been waiting a long time for payments and they appreciate your patience.
The next status update will be available on November 21st, 2007.
TIMMINS, ON Thursday November 15, 2007: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy today announced a one year commitment of NAN’s 49 First Nation communities to work with the Government of Ontario to jointly develop a results-based process to address and resolve current challenges in the areas of consultation and accommodation, resource development, mining, parks, and licensing and permits within NAN territory – an area covering two-thirds of the province of Ontario.
Tories transfer funding
‘Shell game,’ Critics say. Money for residential school victims goes to summer jobs program
ELIZABETH THOMPSON, The Gazette
Published: 5 minutes ago
The Conservative government is quietly dipping into the fund set aside to compensate victims of Indian residential schools and is using the money to fund new spending and to pay for cost overruns in its summer jobs program, The Gazette has learned.
The CANDO Board of Directors consists of elected members who are responsible for managing the affairs of CANDO. The Board of Directors is responsible for developing CANDO’s three year business plan, including budgets. It makes annual adjustments to the business plan, and provides direction to the CANDO Office through the Executive Director, who ensures the business plan is executed. Directors must hold full membership in CANDO, be involved in economic development, and employed by an Aboriginal organization or community. The Board convenes meetings two to four times per year at different locations in Canada and meets seven to ten times per year through teleconferencing. Click here to view the CANDO Committees.
TORONTO, Nov. 15 – Hundreds of Métis Citizens and friends are expected to gather at the Northwest Monument at Queens Park in Toronto on Friday to take part in the 15th Annual Riel Day Commemorative Ceremony.
Ontario’s first stand-alone Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Michael Bryant, and Grand Council Chief of the Anishinabek Nation, John Beaucage, will be among those in attendance this year.
14 November 2007
Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador
The College of the North Atlantic (CNA) will establish Atlantic Canada’s first centre for cultural tourism training and professional development thanks to a combined investment of $1,107,800 from the federal and provincial governments. The centre will be called the Bonavista Institute for Cultural Tourism and will be located on the CNA’s Bonavista Campus.
OTTAWA, Ontario— The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide funding to help individuals in northwestern Newfoundland gain work experience, explore career options, and find work.
KAMLOOPS – November 14, 2007– The Liberal government’s decision to issue a mine permit near Kamloops without adequate consultation with First Nations makes a mockery of Gordon Campbell’s commitment to a new relationship, say the New Democrats.
For Immediate Release French version follows. OTTAWA, Nov. 15/07 (NNW) – Fourteen exceptional achievers, coming from diverse backgrounds, both culturally and geographically have been named recipients of the 2008 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards. They include a 14 year veteran of the National Hockey League, an activist fighting to protect the Innu way of life, an […]
Ottawa – Canada has an immediate challenge to increase skill levels in its adult population to strengthen productivity and make lifelong learning a reality, says a report issued today by Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN).
“We are entering a sustained period of declining labour force growth. Everyone – including older Canadians and those less educated and less skilled – should have the chance to contribute fully to the economy and to their communities,” says CPRN President Sharon Manson Singer. “Failure to act on adult education and lifelong learning threatens Canada’s productivity and prosperity.”
Police officer given short notice on testimony
Lawyers’ statements so far dominate probe into native man’s death
Suzanne Fournier, The Province
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2007
The Vancouver police officer who made the decision concerning the fate of Frank Paul on a cold December night nine years ago was given short notice he’ll be expected to give evidence at the Frank Paul inquiry.
A Thunder Bay-based regional airline is suing a native-owned competitor, alleging it lost a large amount of business as the result of hacking into its secure reservation network.
NAC Air filed a statement of claim last week in Thunder Bay‘s Superior Court against Wasaya Airways and one of its managers. NAC asks for $7 million for economic losses, trespassing and misappropriation of property, as well as $500,000 in aggravated and punitive damages.
Seven years after the idea was first conceived by a group of medical scientists, Canada’s largest diabetes institute opened in Edmonton today.
The Alberta Diabetes Institute will bring together researchers in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes to work towards prevention, better treatment and an eventual cure of the disease which affects 150,000 Albertans and 2.25 million Canadians.
FORT FRANCES—Carissa Copenace is continuing to live up to her Anishinaabe name, “Nigaan-niga-bawik,” which means female leader, after being crowned Miss Manito Ahbee last week during “A Festival for All Nations” international competition pow-wow in Winnipeg.
Months ago, the Fort Frances High School student and member of Rainy River First Nations was appointed as a national role model for aboriginal youth.
An award-winning director, choreographer, dancer, actor, producer, and creative leader, Sandra Laronde has been appointed director of Aboriginal Arts at The Banff Centre. While directing programs for artists at the Centre in both fine and performing arts, Laronde will also continue as artistic director of Red Sky Performance, the thriving Toronto-based performing arts company she founded in 2000.
The Banff Community High School is going mobile with a new project that will bring handheld wireless technology into the classroom. A partnership between the high school, the Banff New Media Institute, Learning Through the Arts, and the Evaluation-Mobility-Usability Group, the project just received funding from the Inukshuk Fund, a community outreach initiative from Inukshuk Wireless.
By Mike Aiken
Miner and News
Wednesday November 14, 2007
Addictions counselor Albert Jamieson was willing to get on his hands and knees Tuesday, so he could beg for help.
Starting at noon, he began a long and lonely journey from Dalles First Nation to Kenora, in order to illustrate the needs of workers trying to combat drug and alcohol abuse.
Not too long ago, he watched as a band member crawled along the side of the reserve road in -30C weather, but nobody was stopping to pick her up. Since he was the driver of the medical van, he decided to double-back and check on her condition.
OTTAWA, Nov. 14 – Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Katherine Whitecloud is wearing a pedometer today, in recognition of World Diabetes Day as a gesture to promote exercise as a way of controlling diabetes. She says she’s pleased to see Health Canada is also taking positive steps to better serve First Nations people with diabetes.
The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency), has determined that for the purposes of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), a comprehensive study is the most appropriate level of environmental assessment for the proposed High Lake Mine Project in Nunavut.
Vancouver (13 Nov. 2007) – The National Union’s largest BC component, the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) through its Equity and Human Rights Committee has started networks to help members of equity groups to overcome obstacles. The first network meeting for racialized workers was held in September – coincidentally the 100th anniversary of the anti-Asian riots in Vancouver.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Another study, another invitation to inertia. The plague of tuberculosis in Canada’s First Nations communities has been studied to death. Every study repeats the truth of the preceding one — that crowded, unsanitary housing conditions on reserves are a breeding ground for tuberculosis, which afflicts the aboriginal population at much greater rates than non-aboriginal Canadians.
CFS workers back on the job at Bloodvein First Nation
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The head of the child-welfare agency serving aboriginal children in southern Manitoba says she’s seen no evidence of inappropriate conduct by CFS workers on the Bloodvein First Nation, who have returned to their jobs after being evicted by the band last month.
KAMLOOPS, BC (November 13, 2007) – The Four Host First Nations (FHFN) and the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (ATBC) today signed a Statement of Cooperation (SOC), to work collaboratively towards unprecedented participation of Aboriginal Peoples in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
OTTAWA, Nov. 14 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine welcomed the inquiry into the death of Frank Paul, which is being conducted by Justice William H. Davies in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“Nearly 9 years after Frank Paul froze to death shortly after being released by Vancouver Police, we are finally seeing a public inquiry begin. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. There have been many cases of First Nations people who have died while in custody or shortly after being released under questionable circumstances. I am hopeful that this inquiry can uncover the truth and deliver some form of justice and closure to the family and friends of Frank Paul,” said National Chief Fontaine.
CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Nov. 14, 2007) – Pearl Exploration and Production Ltd. (“Pearl” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:PXX)(FIRST NORTH:PXXS) is pleased to announce the results of the three and twelve months ended September 30, 2007.
The third quarter of 2007 has been the busiest and most productive in Pearl’s brief history. We set new production and drilling records while acquiring four new heavy oil opportunities in Canada and the United States. This demonstrates our two-tier approach to building Company value by acquiring low cost, large-scale heavy oil resources by upgrading those resources into reserves and building stable production and cash flow. We believe that the conversion of captured heavy oil resources into Proven and Probable reserves is the most important value driver and we therefore have ongoing appraisal and development projects designed to accomplish this goal in the shortest time frame possible.
MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK–(Nov. 14, 2007) – The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Minister responsible for New Brunswick, and Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding to help youth in Greater Moncton improve their skills and find long-term employment.
BATHURST, NEW BRUNSWICK–(Nov. 14, 2007) – The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Minister responsible for New Brunswick, and Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding to help youth in the Chaleur region improve their skills and find long-term employment.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA–(November 14, 2007) – Aquacell Water, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: AQWT), a manufacturer of water treatment products and the exclusive distributor of MetSorb™ titanium-based arsenic removal media, announced today that it has completed the construction and installation of six arsenic removal systems under a contractual agreement with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).
WEST VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Nov. 14, 2007) – Columbia Yukon Explorations Inc. (the “Company” or “Columbia Yukon”) (TSX VENTURE:CYU) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (the “Agreement”) with the Dease River Indian Band (the “Band”) regarding the Company’s “Storie” Molybdenum Property near Cassiar, British Columbia. The Agreement will cover the entire mineral exploration phase of the Company’s molybdenum deposit project (the “Project”), which is estimated to take a further two years to complete.
NSI Storytellers/Aboriginal writers named
November 13, 2007
Winnipeg — Six writers from Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon have been chosen for NSI Storytellers – a training program run by the National Screen Institute — Canada (NSI) in association with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) to develop above-the-line Aboriginal talent.
Assembly of First Nations
A Communiqué from National Chief Phil Fontaine
The Assembly of First Nations and the Government of Canada have been working together since June to develop a renewed approach to resolving First Nations specific land claims. The goal is to reform the specific claims resolution process to make it truly fair, fast and effective. A key objective is establishing an Independent Tribunal with authority to make binding decisions on claims, which will be available to First Nation claimants on a voluntary basis.
The second week of November is a week of solemn remembrance, deep reflection and sincere thanks. It is a time for each of us to recall that our country and our nation are founded on the ultimate sacrifice made to protect our families, our rights, and our way of life.
Each year on Remembrance Day for over three-quarters of a century, citizens take a moment of silence to remember the deeds of our soldiers and the support of their families. Our ancestors stood alongside their comrades-at-arms in many battles and missions to protect democracy and our way of life.Fathers, mothers, sons and daughters continue to serve. They are our family, our friends and our neighbours. In peacekeeping and war, they do their job protecting the innocent and helpless in countries throughout the world. It is important that we remember them all – those who have died and those who are among us today.
Campaign 2000, the cross-Canada coalition working to end child and family poverty, welcomes the federal Liberal Party commitments on poverty reduction announced by Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion in a major policy speech on November 9.
FREDERICTON (CNB) – Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty, who is also Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, today congratulated Tobique First Nation on being chosen by Health Canada to participate in a two-year diabetes pilot project.